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New Ruling Routs Government Raisin Ransacking


Friday December 2nd, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:21pm PST   •   0 Comments

The United States government has deployed central planning through schemes such as the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937. Authorized by Congress during the New Deal, the Act set up cooperative boards and conscripted growers into reserve set-asides. As we noted, in recent years the government targeted raisins in California. In 2003, Fresno raisin...
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Can Trump Trim Waste, Fraud and Abuse in Federal Government?


Monday November 28th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:11am PST   •   0 Comments

President-elect Donald Trump finds “tremendous waste, fraud and abuse” in the federal government,” and proclaims “we’re going to get it.” That will be a tough task because, as one recent case confirms, waste, fraud and abuse are inherent in the system. When he applied for a job with the EPA in 1989, John Beale...
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Grim Milestone Nears for National Debt


Saturday November 26th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 10:43am PST   •   0 Comments

Since the U.S. federal government’s fiscal year cycled over to FY2017 on October 1, 2016, the growth of U.S. government’s total public debt outstanding has accelerated. If that faster growth rate holds at the average pace through November 23, 2016, just before Thanksgiving, then the total public debt outstanding will exceed $20 trillion sometime...
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Diversity Dogma Dovetails with Waste, Corruption, Nepotism


Tuesday November 22nd, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:57am PST   •   0 Comments

The U.S. economy may be sluggish, but as we noted, bureaucracy is booming. University of California bosses cry out for more taxpayer cash even as they bulk up on “diversity” bureaucrats. Universities nationwide are now cranking out administrators to fill these useless posts, but diversity bloat is hardly confined to education. For example, new...
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Making “Fiscal Space” for the Trump Agenda


Monday November 21st, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 7:05am PST   •   0 Comments

In the days leading up to the November 8, 2016 elections, RealClearPolicy featured a number major policy ideas from across the ideological spectrum in the U.S. on how to manage the fiscal policy of the federal government after President Obama’s tenure in office comes to an end on January 20, 2017. The Progressive Policy...
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The U.S. Government’s Built-In Deficits


Thursday November 17th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:57am PST   •   0 Comments

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget wrapped up its analysis of the 2016 fiscal year back on November 2. When they did, they produced the following chart showing what the future of the U.S. government’s budget deficits will be even if all of the winners of all of 2016’s elections for national office...
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Bullet Train BS


Wednesday November 16th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:00pm PST   •   0 Comments

Politicians pitched it as a magic carpet that would speed riders from Los Angeles to San Francisco in record time, with complete safety and total comfort. According to promoters California’s high-speed rail project, also known as the bullet train, would also clear up the state’s crowded highways and of course protect the environment and...
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Bureaucratic Bloat Surges Nationwide


Monday November 14th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:33am PST   •   0 Comments

November 5 marked 20 years since Californians rejected race, ethnic and gender preferences through Proposition 209. As we noted, a major purveyor of state-sponsored discrimination was the University of California, which during tough financial times has been bulking up on vice-chancellors for equity, diversity and inclusion and such. As Stephanie Keaveney of the John...
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Principles for Shaping President-Elect Trump’s Fiscal Policies


Monday November 14th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:25am PST   •   0 Comments

What should the U.S. government’s fiscal policies look like after the election we just had? Writing at RealClearPolicy, James Capretta tackled that question before the election, before anyone really appreciated that Donald Trump would beat Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House. And with that being the case, he begins by describing...
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The Worst Watchdog in Washington, DC?


Thursday November 10th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:32am PST   •   0 Comments

It’s not often that you can capture the precise moment when a culture of corruption within a government agency becomes fully institutionalized. Normally, that’s a very slow process, in which tolerance of bad behavior by government employees increases gradually over time, until one day the corruption becomes fully dominant and can avoid any scrutiny...
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